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I sold my C182 today after ten years of reliable recreational flying in a relatively low cost machine. I have agonized about doing this for some time now, but have finally decided that life is too short and the desire for more speed, comfort, and safety is more important than trying to justify the economics.
I would love to hear from other former 182 owners who have purchased the SR22 and find out how they liked the transition. Is it worth it to spend $350,000 on a brand new bird when your old reliable one was bought and paid for?
There are no hangers available at my Southern CA airport and I would also like to know how difficult it is to push/pull this machine with a tow bar. Also, how does the paint hold up in an outside coastal environment and has anyone experienced any leaks.
My original plan was to buy a late model T210, but after test flying the SR22 I fell foolishly in love with this new age aircraft.
Falling in love with the SR22 is no more foolish than falling in love with flying.
I’m not (yet) completely qualified to answer your main question – I did sell my C182RG to buy a Cirrus, but I bought an SR20, which I continue to love after over 2 1/2 years and 900 hours of very pleasurable flying. BUT… my '20 went on the market yesterday, to make room for a '22… so soon enough, I will be a '22 owner.
Worth it? Always a personal value-judgment, but for me… YES. No doubt. The 182 was great, but flying the Cirrus is a lot simpler and less fussy (shorter checklists, especially if your 182 was retractable; no cowl-flaps, combined throttle/prop control, etc.). Mostly, though, you never stop feeling that you’re flying a truly modern machine. My family (and for that matter, ALL my passengers) like the Cirrus a whole lot more than they liked my 182.
Pulling with a tow-bar - comparable to the C182. Not easy, but do-able. Pushing: Fuhgeddaboudit. Barely possible, but guaranteed to bring on use of flowery language, paricularly if you have to go up an incline or if you hit a pebble with a wheel. Either get help (one more person will do) or get some sort of power-tow thing. A big difference in pushing back is that the free-castering nosewheel always wants to snap all the way over in one direction or the other when you’re moving backwards, so you have to devote more concentration, and some effort, to steering.
My SR20 is pampered and hangared, so I’ll let others address the paint’s resistance to the elements; I’ve heard that it does fine. Any leaks are squawks - there have been some, but they get fixed. I had one fuel sump valve develop a drip at about 200 hours - it was replaced under warranty. No other leak problems.
Finally - if you’ve fallen in love with the SR22, you can’t afford not to join COPA. There’s a wealth of wisdom and wit (some silliness as well) on “the other side”. And TONS of information. If you join and don’t agree that it was a great use of $50, I’ll personally refund your money. (If you buy a new SR22, Cirrus will give you a 60-day free trial membership of COPA. Don’t wait for that – when you get it, we’ll extend your membership by 60 days.)